Category Archives: FERC

FERC Issues Order Assessing Civil Penalties Against ETRACOM

On Friday, June 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued an Order Assessing Civil Penalties against ETRACOM LLC (“ETRACOM”) and ETRACOM’s founding member and majority owner, Michael Rosenberg (together, “Respondents”).1 The Commission held that the Respondents violated … Continue reading

Posted in Enforcement and Investigations, FERC, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation

CFTC Proposes Amendment to RTO-ISO Order

By Athena Eastwood, Mark Haskell, Anthony Mansfield, Gregory Mocek, Paul Pantano, Brett Snyder, Jonathan Flynn, Christopher Hood, Neal Kumar, Thomas Millar, and Michael Selig On May 10, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed an amendment (“Proposed Amendment”) to an order it issued on March 28, 2013 (“RTO-ISO Order”), exempting … Continue reading

Posted in CFTC, Commodity Trading, Enforcement and Investigations, FERC, Mining/Metals, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation

Long-Awaited Decision is a Mixed Result for Litigants Battling FERC Enforcement Actions in Federal Court

By Paul Pantano, Thomas Millar and Mary Treanor Individuals and organizations litigating the imposition of civil penalties by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) under its anti-manipulation authority in federal court received another opinion last week, this time from the Federal District Court for … Continue reading

Posted in Cases, Commodity Trading, FERC, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation

New Year, New Market-Based Rates Regulatory Regime

By Doron Ezickson, Thomas Millar, and Michael Selig The new year has brought U.S. electricity markets participants an overhauled regulatory regime for market-based rates under section 205 of the Federal Power Act.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) has adopted the Final Rule on Refinements to … Continue reading

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SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Spring Energy & Commodities Conference

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP will host an in-depth discussion on the evolving regulatory, transactional and business issues facing U.S. and international energy and commodities market participants. As the industry continues to face sweeping regulatory, credit, and market challenges, many notable … Continue reading

Posted in CFTC, Commodity Trading, Distressed Energy, Dodd-Frank, Energy Infrastructure, Enforcement and Investigations, ERCOT, Events, FERC, Finance, Mining/Metals, Oil & Gas, PJM, Power, Regulation, Renewables

2015 FERC Enforcement Report Confirms Increase in Enforcement and Audit Activity as FERC Faces Unprecedented Number of Litigated Enforcement Matters

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC”) Office of Enforcement (“Enforcement”) issued its 2015 Report on Enforcement (“Report”) on November 19, 2015.  The Report summarizes FERC’s enforcement efforts during the fiscal year 2015 in Enforcement’s four divisions:  Investigations, Audits and Accounting, … Continue reading

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Initial Decision Finds that BP Manipulated 2008 Natural Gas Market in Texas

By Doron Ezickson, Paul Pantano, Sohair Aguirre and Mary Treanor On August 13, 2015, a  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) issued an initial decision in which she found that BP America Inc. et al. (“BP”) manipulated the natural … Continue reading

Posted in Enforcement and Investigations, FERC, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation, Uncategorized

Tariff Compliance Is Not Enough: FERC Imposes Nearly Thirty-Five Million Dollars in Penalties and Disgorgement against Powhatan Energy Fund and Its Trading Associates

By Doron Ezickson, Thomas Millar, and Mary Treanor On May 29, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order against Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC and its trading partners, Dr. Houlihan Chen, HEEP Fund, LLC and CU Fund, Inc. (together, “Powhatan”).  FERC … Continue reading

Posted in Commodity Trading, Enforcement and Investigations, FERC, Oil & Gas, PJM, Power, Regulation

“Such a fact pattern does not a $5 million penalty make.”

By Doron Ezickson, Thomas Millar and Katherine Vorhis Or so says one dissenting FERC Commissioner in the recent Maxim Power enforcement proceeding. On May 1, 2015, FERC issued an order assessing civil penalties (the “Order”) of $5 million against Maxim Power Corporation and … Continue reading

Posted in FERC, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation

What Did April Bring?: FERC Extends Out-of-Market Reliability Measures but Wants Market-Based Solutions

By Gregory Lawrence, Thomas Millar and Mary Treanor The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently published two orders that approved capacity and reliability measures for the Independent System Operator New England Inc. (“ISO-NE”) and the New York Independent System Operator (“NYISO”).  In contrast … Continue reading

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